Baton Rouge Probate Attorney
Probate Avoidance & Guidance Through Probate - (225) 228-4445
Succession can pose a major barrier in the distribution of assets after the death of a loved one, but with effective estate planning, you can reduce the time and expense that will face your family members when it comes time to divide your personal assets and liabilities. It commonly takes several months to fully carry out a succession, and with legal costs and court fees, the final amount of each person's inheritance is often dramatically less than initially expected.
Whether you need probate avoidance strategies in your estate plan or you need representation in the probate process, I offer the knowledgeable, compassionate advocacy you deserve—and all at a flat-fee rate.
Understanding Louisiana's Probate Laws
Louisiana state law refers to the process of resolving the affairs of an estate after death as succession, which most other states call probate. It is possible that your will may be challenged, either by family members who did not receive a legacy or who want to seek a larger share of the estate, or by creditors who have a claim on your assets. Probate offers an opportunity for such challenges to be made before the distribution of your financial and real estate assets.
Actions involved in succession include:
- Establishing legal title to all property
- Transferring title to the heirs
- Contesting the will
The primary concern is to fully interpret the instructions contained in the will to ensure that the wishes of the deceased are carried out. However, through certain estate planning techniques, you may be able to avoid having your estate go through probate. If you are already at the point where you must guide an estate through the probate process, or where you need to contest a will or trust, I am ready to provide the strong representation you need.
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To learn more check out the topics below or contact our office.
- Probate Administration
- Probate Disputes
- Louisiana Probate Codes
- Probate Timeline
- Probate Petitions
- Removal of Executors
We want to make sure we answer any of the questions you may have at this time!
Tips on Avoiding Probate in Baton Rouge, LA
If possible, it is preferable to avoid probate as it means that your family will not have to deal with the cost and stress of a drawn-out courtroom battle. Not only that, but it will allow your loved ones to receive their inheritance sooner. There are steps which you can take now which could help clarify your wishes as well as avoid probate at the same time.
First, by creating a trust, you can stipulate who your beneficiaries are as well as how the money is to be divided amongst them. And if you are survived by your spouse, a joint tenancy will mean that all your property automatically transfers to your spouse due to the fact that it was viewed as joint property. Taking these steps now will not only bring you peace of mind knowing your loved ones are provided for, but it could help save an extensive amount of time and money in the future.
Contact me today to see how I can be of service to you.